Levels of Questions

Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.

Life Road Maps

Enrich students’ understanding of a historical or literary figure by having students draw the figure’s life journey.

Town Hall Circle

Students mimic a town hall meeting as they share their perspectives on a topic.

Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.

Think, Pair, Share

Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.

Save the Last Word for Me

This discussion strategy helps students practice being both active speakers and active listeners in a group conversation.

SPAR (Spontaneous Argumentation)

Use this debate-style activity to strengthen students’ ability to use evidence and examples to defend their positions.

Barometer: Taking a Stand on Controversial Issues

Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.

Big Paper: Building a Silent Conversation

Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.

Bio-poem: Connecting Identity and Poetry

Students clarify aspects of their identity or the identity of a historical or literary figure by writing poems that focus on deeper elements of personal makeup like experiences, relationships, hopes, and interests.

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